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The only Super Rugby match this weekend is in Wellington New Zealand where the current Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes host the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes have already played the Chiefs once this season and that match was won 26-18 by the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 29 times in Super Rugby and they have won 15 matches and lost 13.

The Wellington team has scored 83 tries this season, already passing the 81 from the Lions last year. They’ve scored 64 of them in first and second phase possession while conceding just 26 tries.

The Chiefs have only conceded 11 first-half tries this campaign, fewer than any of the other sides in the tournament.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: BEEP! BEEP! Referee Nick Briant gets us underway at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. This should be a humdinger. Julien Savea wins his 100th Super Rugby cap. There’s a bit of wind, but conditions are dry. Aaron Cruden needs six points for 1,000 in Super Rugby.

3.00: The Hurricanes drive into the Chiefs 22. TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea, making the initial breaks after the visitors lost the ball in midfield. They go almost a dozen phases but then lose the ball forward.

4.00: BIG SCRUM from the home team, they bulldoze their opponents and have a scrum feed inside the 22.

6.00: TRY Vaea Fifita! Vince Aso breaks, the Hurricanes set up some quick ball at the ruck. James Lowe misses an initial intercept and Vaea Fifita crashes over near the corner and draws first blood. 

7.00: Jordie Barrett adds the extras. Good start by the home side.

9.00: Fifita wins a Chiefs lineout and Beauden Barrett kicks a high kick to clear. The Chiefs retain possession and are attacking near the Hurricanes’ 22. James Lowe gives a delightful pass on the touchline to

10.00: James Lowe gives a delightful no-look pass on the touchline to Anton Lienert-Brown. The centre charges down the sideline and is tackled byTJ Perenara, inches from the try-line. The ball went forward; scrum to the Canes.

12.00: This game has started at a frenetic pace. Both sides losing the ball in tackles and counter-attacking at speed. The Hurricanes go wide but Julian Savea’s break is called back after a forward pass by Brad Shields.

14.00: Damian McKenzie makes a break, passes Tawera Kerr-Barlow. The Scrumhalf is tackled into touch by Ardie Savea. The referee saw a forward pass, so the Canes have the scrum inside their 22.

16.00: Damian McKenzie kicks out on the full. The Hurricanes have the lineout on their 10 metres line. Sam Cane is penalised for a late hit on Ngani Laumape. Beauden Barrett clears his lines.

17.00: Charlie Ngatai is pinged for offsides, Barrett kicks to the corner and the Hurricanes have the lineout on the Chiefs 5 metres line.

19.00: Accidental offsides by the Canes. Ardie Savea collected the lineout, the forwards set up a drive, but it was met with good resistance before the turnover.

21.00: BIG SCRUM, this time by the Chiefs, who push the opposition off their own ball. Ardie Savea has been everywhere tonight; he’s made two breaks, is offloading and making some big hits.

24.00: TRY Aaron Cruden! It came from a poor clearance by Beauden Barrett. Solomon Alaimalo gathered and started the move. He threw an inside ball which was sent to Cruden who charged over the goal-line. 

25.00: The conversion is good and the scores are level at 7-all.

26.00: Tawera Kerr-Barlow is penalised for obstruction. The No 9 blocked a path for Damian McKenzie to take the high ball and the Hurricanes kick to the Chiefs’ 22.

29.00: A counter-ruck by the Hurricanes sees the home team go through some phases inside the Chiefs’ 22. Eventually, the move breaks down and the visitors have a scrum.

30.00: DESPERATE TACKLE by Vince Aso on Aaron Cruden after James Lowe’s kick ahead. Tawera Kerr-Barlow made a nice dive, but the referee is not buying his bread. Scrum to the home team on their 5.

34.00: BIG SCRUM! After a scrum reset, the Chiefs push the Hurricanes off their own ball and will get the feed to the next, on the opposition’s 5 metres line.

35.00: The Chiefs go to the blindside and Damian McKenzie is tackled by Nehe Milner-Skudder. The fullback did not release the ball after the tackle and is penalised.

38.00: OH DEAR! TJ Perenara makes a break through the Chiefs’ line, he tries to offload to Chris Eves, but the prop loses the ball with the try-line at his mercy.

39.00: The scrum is reset twice. The field is a little slippery, so the referee moves the set piece.

40.00: The ball is put into touch and that is half-time.

The half-time score was Hurricanes 7 Chiefs 7

41.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway in Wellington. Aaron Cruden is off after an injury to the knee. Shaun Stevenson is on the wing, James Lowe moves to fullback and Damian McKenzie is at first-five eight.

44.00: We have a break in play for an injury. The Hurricanes have the scrum just outside the Chiefs’ 22.

48.00: The Chiefs win a penalty at the breakdown. Damian McKenzie will take a shot at goal. There’s a bit of rain about, so points will be at a premium.

49.00: IT’S WIDE, the score remains 7-all.

52.00: The Hurricanes are going through the phases, but lose the ball into touch.

54.00: The home team are starting to take control. It is only their handling that is letting them down. The Chiefs lose the ball inside their 22 and the Canes almost get over through Julien Savea.

57.00: OH DEAR! this time the Hurricanes go to their lineout drive, but they lose the ball forward; very scrappy by the home team. The Chiefs released the pressure.

60.00: YELLOW CARD! Michael Allardice is off for foul play after a no-arms, late clean-out at the breakdown.

64.00: TRY James Lowe! It came from first-phase play in the midfield. Shaun Stevenson made the break, sending a Hurricanes player away after a wonderful side-step. The substitute raced from halfway to the 22 before releasing Lowe to score in the corner.

65.00: McKenzie adds the extras after the ball comes in from the post. Massive score that.

68.00: The Hurricanes are trying to use the width of the field to take advantage of the extra man, but they can’t find a way through the resolute Chiefs defence.

71.00: The Hurricanes have a lineout inside the Chiefs’ 22. They’ve been camped inside Chiefs territory for the last quarter of an hour – except for the try by Lowe.

73.00: The Hurricanes steal Chiefs ball at the lineout, but they knock on inside the 22, again. The clock is ticking down and the Chiefs are back to their full compliment.

74.00: Jordie Barrett runs across the field, is tackled and the Chiefs win a penalty at the breakdown. Big moment in the game. McKenzie will kick at goal.

75.00: PENALTY! McKenzie gives his side a 10-point lead. 

77.00: TRY Wes Goosen! Wow! the Canes hit back immediately. The home team go quickly from a lineout, the ball is sent through the hands to Jordie Barrett, collecting his brother’s pass, before sending Goosen over in the corner. 

78.00: The kick is good from the touchline. Oh boy.

80.00: The Chiefs win a penalty and McKenzie kicks to touch. That’s the ball game and three in a row to the chiefs over the Hurricanes.

Full-time

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The final score after 80 minutes is Hurricanes 14 (7) Chiefs 17 (7)

Scorers

Hurricanes
Tries – Fifita, Goosen
Pen –
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Chiefs
Tries – Cruden, Lowe
Pen – McKenzie
Con – McKenzie (2)
Drop –
Cards – Allardice (Yellow, 60th minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Richard Kelly
Assistant Ref 2: Cam Stone
TMO: Shane McDermott

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Chris Eves

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen

Chiefs

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden,9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Shaun Stevenson

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